Rookie Brandon Pfaadt humbly caught seeking some Biblical inspiration before stepping onto the mound.
Rookie pitcher Brandon Pfaadt, ahead of taking the mound for the most decisive game of his nascent career — Game 7 of the National League Championship Series — sought solace in scripture. Eagle-eyed fans glimpsed Pfaadt reading the Bible in the dugout at Citizens Bank Park according to a recent report from Fox News.
The practicing Catholic, 25, grew up attending Trinity High School, an all boys school under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville, where he then went on to play ball at nearby Bellarmine University.
His trajectory to the big leagues was swift; the Arizona Diamondbacks saw potential, selecting him in the fifth round of the 2020 MLB Draft. He proved it with excellent play on the Diamondbacks’ farm team, the Reno Aces. He was called up to the bigs in May, and has shown the world what he can do during the team’s playoff run so far.
His regular season was rocky, but the postseason painted a different… pitcher. Pfaadt stunned many by not allowing a single run in over 10 innings, in games against formidable opponents, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies.
Of course, we mere mortals can’t prove it, but Arizona did win. Now they’ll take the short trip to Texas to take on the Rangers on Friday the 27th, at 7pm.
In the tense match-up, the Diamondbacks initially took the lead with two singles and a fielder’s choice in the first inning, only for the Phillies to level things up with Alec Bohm’s solo homer in the second.
The game saw continuous back and forth, with Bryson Stott’s double propelling the Phillies ahead in the fourth, but Corbin Carroll’s two-out single and subsequent run in the fifth regained Arizona’s lead. Geraldo Perdomo and Ketel Marte further cemented the Diamondback’s position in the seventh, with Marte’s postseason hitting streak standing out.
Despite Philadelphia’s promising start in the bottom of the seventh, with potential game-changers from Christian Pache and Kyle Schwarber, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo’s decision to deploy Kevin Ginkel proved pivotal.
Ginkel not only diffused the immediate threat but also showcased a stellar performance, striking out three key Phillies in the eighth. Heading into the final inning, Philadelphia faced a daunting task to reverse their fortunes and save their season.